National Newswatch

How the new USMCA strengthens Canada in future trade deals

Oct 21 2018 — Andrew McDougall — Now that the threat of the NAFTA-pocalypse has lifted for Canada, the Monday morning quarter-backing is well under way on whether the new United States-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) Agreement is better or worse than trade pact that preceded it. But beyond the negative headlines, the USMCA probably leaves Canada stronger than it was going into the negotiations […]

U.S. will continue trade talks with Canada if deadline missed, Trump’s top negotiator says

Sep 25 2018 — Daniel Dale — The Trump administration will continue trade negotiations with Canada even if there is no deal by the U.S.-imposed deadline of this weekend, President Donald Trump’s top trade official said Tuesday. In a largely pessimistic public appearance, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Canada is “running out of time” to sign on to a trade deal […]

U.S. trade chief casts doubt on Canada joining new NAFTA deal

Sep 25 2018 — — U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer on Tuesday cast doubt on the prospects of the U.S. and Mexico reaching a deal with Canada on an updated North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) by the Sunday deadline. “The fact is, Canada is not making concessions in areas where we think they’re essential,” Lighthizer told the Concordia Summit […]

Canadian trade negotiators to brief PM Trudeau in person

Sep 12 2018 — — Canadian negotiators are travelling to brief Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in person on the state of negotiations with the United States on a deal that would allow Canada to remain in a North American trade bloc. Canada’s envoy — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland — left a meeting with U.S. Trade Rep. Robert Lighthizer Tuesday […]

Freeland to resume NAFTA negotiations with Lighthizer Tuesday in Washington

Sep 10 2018 — — Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland will return to Washington on Tuesday to resume negotiations on the North American Free Trade Agreement. Freeland and her counterpart, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer, left the bargaining table Friday without a deal. The two sides have so far been unable to resolve key differences over U.S. access to the […]

U.S. is intent on ending supply management for Canadian dairy: Trudeau

Aug 29 2018 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau accused the Trump administration Wednesday of setting its sights on dismantling Canada’s supply management system. And he vowed that Canada won’t buckle on the issue at the NAFTA talks. The vexing question of greater U.S. access to the Canada’s protected dairy sector is now pivotal as the NAFTA negotiations in Washington […]

‘Just watch me’ says Couillard on saving dairy farms

Aug 29 2018 — — “Just watch me,” said Quebec Liberal leader Philippe Couillard on Wednesday morning when asked what he would do if Canada decides to allow concessions on its supply-management policies for dairy farmers in trade negotiations with the United States. The incumbent premier was evoking the words of former Liberal prime minister Pierre Trudeau to a journalist […]

LeBlanc says he’s not expecting resistance from premiers on trade

Aug 29 2018 — — Dominic LeBlanc, the new minister responsible for intergovernmental affairs, says the federal government is not anticipating any resistance from provinces in identifying and reducing trade barriers between provinces. LeBlanc says he has met with a number of premiers, but not all, and his sense is that there will not be much pushback to reducing barriers, […]

Canada ready to give way on dairy for NAFTA deal

Aug 29 2018 — — Ottawa is ready to make concessions to the Trump administration on Canada’s protected dairy market in a bid to save a key NAFTA dispute-settlement system, preserve safeguards for cultural industries and avert tougher pharmaceutical patent protections. It may not be enough, and if Foreign Minister Chrystia Freeland fails to reach a deal this week, U.S. […]

A deadline could be good for trade talks, but Trump’s isn’t firm

Aug 29 2018 — Don Pittis — There are few things better than a hard deadline to concentrate the minds of a group of people trying to make a deal. Debra Steger, part of the Canadian team that hammered out the world’s most most massive and complicated trade deal of all time, the Uruguay Round that resulted in the World Trade Organization, […]

NAFTA 2.0: Why the rush?

Aug 29 2018 — Peter Clark — Global Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is in Washington hoping to manage the fallout of Donald Trump’s U.S.-Mexico trade deal. Her negotiating team — along with provincial representatives, farm and manufacturing industry stakeholders — are on the ground and settling in for what are expected to be some intense talks. Also lurking nearby is Trudeau’s righthand […]